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A Winter Offering

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Opera Santa Barbara is presenting a special holiday concert on Wednesday, December 5 featuring soprano Marcy Stonikas and pianist Christopher Allen. Part of the Opera on the Go! series, this recital is Opera Santa Barbara’s holiday gift to the community. Enjoy works by Mozart, Barber, Strauss, as well as some holiday favorites.

Ms. Stonikas has been hailed as possessing a “huge, clear, commanding voice that is nonetheless capable of great subtlety ” by the Washington Times, and as revealing “a big voice, tempered by abundant cream and nuance in the tone” by Opera News. She has recently performed Leonore in Fidelio and the title role in Turandot with the Seattle Opera.

A recipient of the prestigious Bruno Walter Conducting Award, Mr. Allen is currently serving as Conducting Assistant and Coach for the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program at Los Angeles Opera. He has worked as assistant conductor for the Atlanta Symphony and the Cincinnati Opera.

The concert will be presented on Wednesday, December 5, 5:30 pm at the Faulkner Gallery of the Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 E. Anapumu St. Suggested Donation is $15 general admission, $12 Subscribers, $5 Students.

For more info, call 805.898.3890 or visit www.operasb.org.

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Opera Santa Barbara is starting an opera book club. The club will meet every 6-8 weeks in the new “lounge” at our downtown offices. Each meeting will include wine and cheese, to discuss a book which coordinates with one of the operas in our season or an operatic theme. The first book will be “Butterfly’s Child” a new novel by Angela Davis-Garner.

The novel follows the life of Benji (Trouble) after he is plucked from the security of his home in Nagasaki to live with his American father, Lt. Pinkerton, and stepmother, Kate, on their farm in Illinois. The family conceals his true identity as a child born from a liaison between his father and a geisha—and tells everyone that he is an orphan. When the truth surfaces, it will splinter this family’s fragile dynamic and send Benji on the journey of a lifetime ending up in Nagasaki, where he will uncover the truth about his mother’s tragic death.

The book is available at Chaucer’s Bookstore or at the Kindle Store.

The first meeting of the Opera Book Club will be Tuesday, October 9 at 5:30 pm, and future meetings will be decided at the first meeting. Please RSVP if you will join the group by calling 805.898.3890.


Girls of Summer

ZULIMAR LÓPEZ-HERNÁNDEZ, Zerlina at Des Moines Metro Opera, talks to TRISTAN KRAFT about Mozart and other matters.

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Zulimar López-Hernández, who sings Zerlina in Des Moines Metro Opera’s Don Giovanni this summer, has a personality that seems ideally suited to the role: in conversation, one first notices her youthful enthusiasm, then her intelligence, then her pragmatism. The soprano only started taking voice lessons in college, where she studied to be a dietician before switching degrees to music. “At least I always try to take care of myself and eat well,” she jokes. Since then, she has made signature roles out of Despina in Così Fan Tutte (which she covered for New York City Opera in March 2012) and Norina in Don Pasquale (which she sang at DMMO last summer).

Click here to read Zulimar’s complete feature at www.operanews.com

 


OPERA SANTA BARBARA ANNOUNCES 2012/2013 SEASON

• COMPANY PREMIERE: FIRST-EVER OPERA SANTA BARBARA PRODUCTION OF VERDI’S AIDA

• MIHOKO KINOSHITA IS MADAME BUTTERFLY; INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED JAPANESE SOPRANO SINGS HER SIGNATURE ROLE

• ARTISTIC DIRECTOR JOSE MARIA CONDEMI DIRECTS DON PASQUALE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2012
PRESS CONTACT: Steven Sharpe, 805.898.3890, steven@operasb.org

Santa Barbara – Opera Santa Barbara announces its 2012/2013 season, featuring three operas; a heartrending story of love and betrayal, a wrenching personal drama, and an effervescent comedy. The season opens with Madame Butterfly in November 2012, followed by Aida in March 2013 and Don Pasquale in April 2013.

“This will be one of Opera Santa Barbara’s most memorable seasons,” says OSB’s Artistic Director, Jose Maria Condemi. “I am particularly excited to present our company premiere of Verdi’s Aida, in a stunning production conceived by Francesca Zambello for the Glimmerglass Opera. As we continue to make our mark as a leading arts organization, I invite audiences both old and new to come see why people are talking about Opera Santa Barbara.”

Read on…


Thanks to Gerald Carpenter at Noozhawk for this great preview of Opera Santa Barbara’s “Orpheus and Eurydice,” this weekend at the Lobero.

[Tickets start at just $25: to purchase, call the Lobero box office. 805-963-0761.]

Click to be taken to Noozhawk and read the preview!